Hamilton star Lin-Manuel Miranda yielded his power and stepped away from the lead role over the weekend, and on Monday, his replacement Javier Munoz will perform his first show as a principal. But Monday also marks another date in Hamilton history — less of the hip-hop Broadway musical kind and more of the fatal duel sort.
July 11 is the 212th anniversary of the deadly duel between Alexander Hamilton and his nemesis, Vice President Aaron Burr — arguably the most famous duel in American history. The pair rowed across the Hudson River early that morning to Weehawken, New Jersey, where Burr fatally shot Hamilton. (As Hamilton tells his son Philip in the musical, “Everything is legal in New Jersey.”)
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To recognize the anniversary, the official Hamilton Facebook page traveled to Weehawken to share a 360-degree photo of the dueling grounds at dawn, including the site’s Hamilton bust and a view of the Manhattan skyline in the background.